Gary Neville said that the legendary former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson consulted with his defenders on whether or not to make a move for Louis Saha in the early 2000s.
Fergusson consulted with his defenders about Louis Saha
Gary Neville said that the legendary former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson consulted with his defenders on whether or not to make a move for Louis Saha in the early 2000s. In January 2004, Saha completed the move to Old Trafford from Fulham for £13 million($16 million). Resulting in an imposing four-year period at Craven Cottage. Then the Frenchman scored 42 goals in 124 trips for the Red Devils, winning two Premier League titles and the Champions League along the way. Neville called Saha a “brilliant” player, admitting that he had “nightmares” about the striker, seeing firsthand how effective he is for Fulham. The United legend also recalled that Ferguson, as a rule, kept cards close to his chest, when it came to transferring transactions, he asked to weigh the potential surge for Saha.
Saha – a “brilliant” player
“Sir Alex never asked us which players we should sign or never asked us for information about the players he was about to sign,” Neville said. “But after we played Fulham in the FA Cup once (in 2001), he asked us as advocates if we would sign Louis Saha? I remember the season where he played in front of Wazza (Wayne Rooney) in 2006, and it was incredible; They were fantastic together. Louis was a brilliant, brilliant player. He gave me absolute nightmares when I used to play against him when he played for Fulham – him and Luis Boa Morte.” Fellow pundit and the Reds ex-center-back Jamie Carragher added on Saha:“ I opposed him in the Merseyside derby and for Manchester United. I think he was, perhaps, best in the league to go short and then spin around.
“We are talking about the movement of the strikers, but very few actually do it, so it was definitely that you took me by surprise several times.” Saha – who also used spells at Everton, Spurs, Sunderland and Lazio was also present to take part in the debate over the video link and explained how he managed to give the defenders the slip consistently. He said: “I knew that most defenders like to be tight so that I try to master this movement. This combination – you need to use different types to try and upset the defender – especially when they tried to kick you too!”